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Centurion Boats presents the 2008 Salton Sea Speedweek
The fastest water in the world will play host to the APBA Kilo's on December 5, 6 & 7, 2008 at Salton Sea Recreation Park in North Shore.

The water which is 227 feet below sea level with 1.5 the salinity content of the ocean makes the Salton Sea the "fastest water" in the world. Many world records have been set at the sea over the history of boat racing and this years "Bonneville" style event will see some of the fastest boats in the country if not the world converge on the Salton Sea to try to set or up the speed records!

Hotel reservations may be made at the Fantasy Springs Casino (800)-827-2946 and use group code "Salton Sea Boat Race" to receive the racer rate.
Note: The Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino has extended the "drop dead" date to make your reservations to November 21, 2008 after that no further extensions will be allowed.

This is the information for camping inside the Salton Sea Recreation Park:
For campsite reservations people can call 1-800-444-7275 or go online to www.reserveamerica.com


We hope to see you at this historic event!!
Check back for updates.

If you need further information please contact Ross at (310) 318-4012 or via email [email protected]

Ross Wallach, RPM RACING ENTERPRISES
 

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How long has it been since a boating event has been done there?
 

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Thanks for the info. Kind of figured been atleast 15 years. Will be nice to get racing back there and hopefully resurrect that place.

I believe over 20 years for any type of boat racing but less than 10 for PWC racing.
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I've done a little research on how the salten sea came to be. It was very interesting.

History

The Salton Sea was formed between 1905 and 1907 when the Colorado River burst through poorly built irrigation controls south of Yuma, [COLOR=blue! important][COLOR=blue! important]Arizona[/COLOR][/COLOR]. Almost the entire flow of the river filled the Salton Basin for more than a year, inundating communities, farms and the main line of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Continued filling of the Salton Sink was finally stopped in 1907, when a line of protective levees was built by boxcars dumping boulders into the breach from Southern Pacific tracks. By then, this inland lake was about 40 miles long and 13 miles wide, covering an area of about 400 square miles.

The Salton Sea is currently 35 miles by 15 miles and can be as long as 40 miles by almost 20 miles in particularly wet years. It has an average depth of 29.9 feet and, at its deepest, is 51 feet. It contains 7.3 million acre feet of water and evaporates 1.3 million acre feet each year. There is a five-mile-long trench on the south end of the Sea that is 51 feet deep. The Sea is currently 228 feet below sea level. Interestingly, the bed of the Salton Sea is only five feet higher than the lowest spot in Death Valley.

Presently, the fishery in the Salton Sea is thriving. Salinity is slightly more than the Pacific Ocean. The current salt level of the Sea is in the area of 41 to 43 TH PPM. The Pacific Ocean is about 34.9 TH PPM.. If the concentrated salt level of the Sea increases greater than 44 TH PPM., it is expected that all the fish, except the Tilapia, will cease to reproduce. Tilapia can survive up to 60 TH PPM..
 

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Salton Sea really got on-the-map as a boat racing arena back in the mid-1960s with the annual Salton Sea 500. It was actually a real estate promotion used to sell vacation property at a development called Salton City. Mel Zikes (a columnist/writer for Powerboat Magazine in the 60s and 70s) was the front man for the operation. The Salton Sea 500 was a two-day event, split into 250 mile legs of about a 2-1/2 mile course. It used to attract over 100 entries. When the land promotion went bust, so did the race. Since then the Sea has been sporadically used for much smaller races -- Bob Nordskog spent quite a bit of time at Salton Sea in the late 1970s and early 80s when he set a bunch of APBA special event speed records in his diesel powered ET boat. Also in the 1980s, Hollywood stuntman Peter Horak set the world boat jump distance record there in a Glastron Carlson CVX-20 jet with a 460 Ford V-8. As a side note -- many time world water ski champion and hall of famer Chuck Stearns used to operate a ski school and training facility at Salton Sea in the 1960s. Chuck would practice slalom, tricks and ramp jumping in the morning, then go for a 30 to 40 minute 80-90 mile an hour speed practice behind his 18' AquaCraft flatty with a Gus Davis built 427 Ford Hi-Riser.
 

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does anyone have a schedule of the salton sea kilos,plan on going but would like to know what i can watch on saturday. any info greatly appreciated.
 

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Kilo Schedule

The Kilo Time Trials are done in "rounds". So as boats sign up behind other boats they "get in line" and the boat in front of them can elect to forgo their position in line and move to the back until both of their runs are satisfied (each boat pays for two sets of runs - a set of runs is a two way pass).
So I can't give you a definative time on what will be running as we are starting the Kilo runs on Friday and then again on Saturday and then for the Offshore - First light all three days to dark (unless we get wind or weather).
Should be a good show.
Looking forward to seeing some records fall and new ones established.

Thanks,
Ross Wallach, RPM RACING ENT.
 

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Ross can you give a brief rundown of what types of boats and what classes will be running?

Also if some types will run only during certain time periods, etc... ?
 

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The Kilo Time Trials are done in "rounds". So as boats sign up behind other boats they "get in line" and the boat in front of them can elect to forgo their position in line and move to the back until both of their runs are satisfied (each boat pays for two sets of runs - a set of runs is a two way pass).
So I can't give you a definative time on what will be running as we are starting the Kilo runs on Friday and then again on Saturday and then for the Offshore - First light all three days to dark (unless we get wind or weather).
Should be a good show.
Looking forward to seeing some records fall and new ones established.

Thanks,
Ross Wallach, RPM RACING ENT.
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Hello Mr. Wallach:

I understand you are probably very busy but is it possible to get a list of boats and classes that will be running.

In addition, have any boating manufacturers committed to bringing entries for kilo record attempts. If so, which ones and what entries.

What is the cost for two runs? I may have missed the informational bulletin :)--- is there a website to visit to gain basic information about this event ie... cost, required equipment to run, registration etc...

I would like to attend as the Salton Sea is not far from San Diego.

Any additional information is appreciated.

Thanks,

KAP
 

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Spoke to Ross today and he said its APBA members only on Friday/Saturday and an "open" course on Sunday for teched/safe boats. There will be registration on site. Sounds pretty interesting...........................:)

Thanks Gary
 

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Need a pontoon boat for Mon. Tues. or Wednesday

My surveyor is looking to do some final work and I can't locate a running pontoon boat to help him out at the Salton Sea Recreation Park. If anyone is around next Week, preferably Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday (only need it for one day for a few hours) and can help out, please let me know asap.

I will cover your expenses (gas, etc.).

I can be reached at (310) 318-4012.

Thank you.

Ross Wallach, RPM RACING ENT.
 

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Well, here it is.

If you have a Production Class Boat......................................We have a Class for you.
There will be records set in all of the Classes. The record book starts at this event. Don't miss out on the opportunity to set a record in your class. I am sure that there are some of you who have been holding back from committing to this event. DON"T. We need full participation. Everyone throughout the boat racing world will be interested in WHO RAN and HOW FAST. Don't wait for the results to be posted on the Web. Be there. Let your results do the talkin'. We are actively encouraging manufacturers to get the word out to their customers. Setting a record would be great advertising for a manufacturer. If you know someone with a Production Class boat, bring them out. We need everyones support.

Good Luck to Everyone(except Bob Teague.......Your going down Old Man. In The Red will DOMINATE),

Troy



Boat Divisions

1. Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association Spec. Classes
  • Turbine Extreme
  • Cat Extreme
  • Cat
  • Cat Lite
  • Cat Outboard
  • Vee
  • Vee Lite

2. Production Classes

Hull Types
  • V - All V-Hull Boats
  • C – All Catamaran and Tunnel Hull Boats
  • VO - All V-Hull Outboards
  • CO - All Catamarans and Tunnel Hull Boats with Outboards
  • P - Pontoon and Deck Boats

Lengths
  • 1 - 22 to 26
  • 2 - 27 to 31
  • 3 - 32 to 35
  • 4 - 36 to 42
  • 5 - 42 to and Over

Engine Classifications
  • S - Stock engines (any production engine without modifications, 500hp engines are not stock)
  • F - Factory modified engines (ie: 500hp, 525hp)
  • M - Modified custom built engines without power added features
  • P - Power added features (ie: Blowers, Turbos, Nitros, Turbines, etc.)

Number of Engines

Boat Number

Example: C4P2-1 is a Catamaran Hull, 36' to 42' length, power added with 2 engines, and is boat #1

That is all I have so far.

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Then I guess that makes this little 28 a V2P1?:) I was going to go and watch, but this little RED 28 wants to run too. We will be there with it to run the Kilo on Sunday. Thanks for the info.........
 

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More Camping space

Jennie Kelly with the Salton Sea Historical Society and one of our biggest supporters has graciously offered some camping spaces at her ranch adjacent to the Salton Sea Recreation area.

If anyone is interested here is the information:
(Received from Ms. Kelly)

I will have camping space available here at my little ranch. I have 3 or 4 spaces will hook-ups and the rest of the 4 acres would be dry camping. My place is just up Parkside across from the State Park. It sits on the hill overlooking the park and this end of the kilo run. Cost would run the same as the Park, $17/$23 per night. I'm also getting all of the parking areas at the Yacht Club leased to me for the 4th-7th. There's lots of space on the upper area overlooking the harbor and also space down by the old boat house which sits right next to the harbor. Dry camping at the Yacht club would be $10. It's probably less than a mile from there to the Park. Like you, I'm waiting on a signed piece of paper to be official on the Yacht Club parking, but I expect no problems. I've seen lots of questions about local camping on the boating blogs and see that you post to all of them, so I hoped you could pass along my number/email for anyone interested in camping outside of the park. Thanks-see you tomorrow,
Jennie Kelly

East Valley Historical Society
North Shore Community Council
Sea & Desert Interpretive Association
Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment
Mecca Family Resource Center

PO Box 99, Thermal, CA 92274
760-393-1312 home
760-774-5843 cell
www.evhistorical.org (under construction
 

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It will be nice to see some familiar faces :D. I am looking forward to this event.
Oh! that salt water is going to wreak havoc on those trailers/boats:|err.
The salton sea is like liquid table salt but makes for super fast water conditions and speeds.

In fact, the conditions and salinity of the sea are way up since they relined the Coachella canal.

KAP

P.S. Just hope the wind doesn't blow--- I was out two weeks ago in the Rhino and the winds were at 45 MPH and the dust was even worse:).
 

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It would generate more interest if somebody would post a list of boats that they know are coming.Is this going to consist of POPRA boats only or are there some east coast boats coming?
 

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It will be nice to see some familiar faces :D. I am looking forward to this event.
Oh! that salt water is going to wreak havoc on those trailers/boats:|err.
The salton sea is like liquid table salt but makes for super fast water conditions and speeds.

In fact, the conditions and salinity of the sea are way up since they relined the Coachella canal.

KAP

P.S. Just hope the wind doesn't blow--- I was out two weeks ago in the Rhino and the winds were at 45 MPH and the dust was even worse:).
Road our dirt bikes from Octillo Wells to Salton sea last year. I'd really hesitate to put my boat in there, but i guess the speeds will be an overpowering motive. We picked up a few fully preserved fish (the hot sun and salt did the trick) that we place under the pillows of our new guest's pillows as an initiation to the winter desert dirt season...:)hand
 
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